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Despite the continued scrutiny about who’s in and who’s out concerning the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, apparently, the ladies have returned to work and started filming season three. Didn’t season two just end yesterday?

“The ladies have started filming,” an insider tells WetPaint. “And yes–all the main women Lisa [Vanderpump], Kyle [Richards], Kim [Richards], Adrienne [Maloof], and Taylor [Armstrong]–are back.” The insider also reveals that viewers likely haven’t seen the last of Camille Grammer, who may make a brief appearance, along with Dana Wilkey who will also not return. “Both women could make cameo appearances during the season. Say, during a party scene or something like that. But they will not be back in a major way.”

No word on Brandi Glanville‘s prospective status, although, rumors have circulated that Kim and Kyle refused to sign on if Brandi was included in the cast (cause they’re like so mature like that); which led to Lisa seriously reconsidering her involvement in the show.

As for what viewers can expect this season–lots more of Kim and Kyle’s nonsense to be sure! And continued tension between Lisa and Adrienne. We’ll also see Adrienne expanding her Maloof Hoof shoe line. Which is funny, because the gorgeous specimens were recently spotted on clearance! Guess nobody likes a fat, cheap-looking little knock-off!

Additionally, things will be a lot more upbeat and fun this season. “Last year, things with Taylor were very intense and got very dark,” the source continues . “I think everyone wants to see the show wants to get away from that so Taylor can continue recovering from the tragedy and focus on raising her daughter.”

One thing is certain, the drama will be complemented by glamour, wealth, and chaos! “At the end of the day, the reason this is one of the most successful of the Bravo franchises is because these women are fabulous and they know how to really bring the drama. That’s not going to change one bit.”

And now onto the Taylor subject. According to Wetpaint, Loony Lips is, indeed, returning to the series and her focus will be milking her fifteen minutes for all it’s worth recovery. However, RadarOnline is now reporting that the infamous Ms. Armstrong’s days with Bravo are indeed numbered!

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“Producers reluctantly decided to sign Taylor for the next season and I think a lot of their decision was based purely on the fact that they felt bad just dumping her after all she went through last year,” a source close to production reveals. “But, they are definitely looking to phase her out of the show gradually.”

“The feeling is that Taylor won’t really be bringing much to the table and that she’s not needed anymore,” the source adds. Indeed, Taylor signed on to the show as a rich and pampered Housewife whose story represented choosing the lifestyle over love. And then, of course, the Armstrongs’ grifting schemes were exposed…

“Everyone’s concerned that without the marriage drama she’s just going to come across as dull,” the source explains. “It’s unlikely that she’s going to be able to start publicly dating again so soon after Russell’s death and with her money troubles she’s unlikely to be leading any kind of aspirational lifestyle, so she’s basically not really going to have any interesting hook.” Well, they could use her recent lawsuit from MMRGlobal as a storyline.

The source adds that Taylor’s lack of appeal with fans is a major reason Bravo is looking to limit her involvement. “Producers don’t feel she’s particularly a sympathetic character and that she lost a lot of people’s respect by bringing out a book about the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her late husband Russell Armstrong following his death, and that she basically cashed in on his suicide.”

Perhaps confirming that she is not returning full-time to the show, is Taylor’s very recent announcement that she will be embarking on a national speaking tour. Her announcement came days before rumors that the show had started filming and contracts had been signed.  And I have to add, Radar has been consistently accurate in reporting the goings on with RHOBH casting drama!

I, personally, believe Bravo wants RHOBH to represent the exclusive Beverly Hills lifestyle and is looking to restore the show to its first season glory. Kim is a more plausible candidate to rejoin the show, despite last season’s issues, because she had a positive response from viewers the first season and her relationship with Kyle is of major interest.

THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU THINK BRANDI IS RETURNING TO THE SHOW? IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO PHASE TAYLOR OUT OF THE SHOW OR ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WHAT’S NEXT FOR HER?

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